A souffle is the true test of any baker. They can be difficult for even the most experienced chef. Souffles are basically a light cake that puff up at the end of the baking process. If you aggravate them too much, they will deflate. A truly perfectly baked souffle will stay risen for about 5 minutes, just long enough to sprinkle it with powdered sugar and serve it.
This article features a chocolate souffle recipe that is flavored with a hint of orange zest. It is a truly delicious and beautiful dessert that, when made correctly, will impress anyone who gets to devour it.
A chocolate souffle is the perfect dessert for a romantic dinner or any special occasion meal. Give it a try if you are feeling adventurous. You may surprise yourself. Good luck and happy souffle-ing!
How To Make A Chocolate Souffle
Chocolate Souffle Recipe
Chocolate Souffle Ingredients
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 2/3 cup butter
- 4 large eggs, separated
- 2 tablespoons orange liqueur or orange flavored coffee syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
- Thin strips of orange zest for garnish
Chocolate Souffle Recipe - How To Bake A Perfect Chocolate Souffle
Generously butter eight 1/3 cup ramekins.
Preheat the oven to 425°.
Sprinkle each with a little cocoa powder and tap out any excess. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet.
Place the chocolate and butter in a double boiler and melt over medium-low heat. Be careful not to cook it too fast or get it too hot.
Whisk in the egg yolks and orange liqueur.
Beat the egg whites in a separate clean, grease-free bowl until frothy.
With the beater running, add the cream of tartar and gradually sprinkle in the sugar.
Continue beating until the whites are glossy and stiff.
Stir spoonfuls of the whites into the gourmet chocolate mixture and fold them together, being careful not to deflate the whites.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared dishes just to the brim; don't overfill or the souffles will fall over the ramekins and burn on the baking sheet. (At this point, the dishes can sit up to 1 hour at room temperature before baking).
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until risen and set, but still slightly soft and jiggly in the center.
Dust with powdered sugar, sprinkle with orange zest, and serve immediately.
Makes 8 chocolate souffles.
Delicious Souffle Recipes - (Not just chocolate souffle recipes)
Here is a list of links that lead to some of the most delicious souffle recipes on the web. From chocolate to cheese to vanilla, any souffle recipe you desire can be found on this list.
- Dark Chocolate Souffle
Step by step recipe instructions for dark chocolate souffle complete with photographs and reader comments and discussion.
- Cheese Souffle Recipe : Alton Brown : Food Network
Food Network invites you to try this Cheese Souffle recipe from Alton Brown.
- Basic Souffle Recipe
This is the most basic (cheese) souffle basis, broken down for two, three or four eggs.
- Spinach Souffle Recipe
This spinach souffle recipe is a wonderful way to use up the fresh summer harvest. It's a lovely, easy preparation that can be served as a ...
- Vanilla Souffle
vanilla souffle ... Cooks.com
- Souffle Recipe
Souffle Recipes with Bacon, Sausage, Ham, Cheese, Seafood Fruit and Vegetables.
- Cafeteria Carrot Souffle Recipe
Now you can make your favorite carrot souffle at home! This recipe combines mashed carrots with butter, sugar, flour, vanilla extract and eggs.
- Zucchini Souffle Recipe
A delicious, simple zucchini souffle recipe for all the zucchini lovers out there.
- Grand Marnier Souffles
Find the recipe for Grand Marnier Souffles with Creme Anglaise and other vanilla recipes at Epicurious.com.
- Mango Souffle Recipe
Mango Souffle Recipe - How To Make Mango Souffle - Mango Souffle Recipe.
- Lemon Souffle Recipe
An easy recipe for quick lemon souffles that never fails. Lemon curd is topped with a lemony souffle and baked into a light dessert.
I'm one to vouch for the benefits of eating healthily. But doing so doesn't mean cutting out everything that's good tasting. There are plenty of ways out there to eat well while still enjoying your meals. So I've done some research and put together a post with lots of options for nice meals that are good for you. Try them out and let me know what you think!
First Things First
Why do you want to change?
Before you make the jump into eating well, you have to understand why you want to do so. What are your motives? Do you want to lose weight, do you want more energy, do you want to better your health - what is your driving factor? Write it down, share it with your family or friends, whatever it takes for you to stick to eating better.
It's good to establish this because if you don't have a goal in mind, then it's easy to slip into your old habits.
Get Motivated - Make The Time
Give the Gift of Wellness
Do you have an event coming up? Likely since the holiday season is quickly coming up! Instead of giving those layer jars of baking ingredients, (brownies in a jar, anyone?) instead give them a fruit basket or something the whole family can enjoy.
They'll thank you later! Especially after everyone else has already given them sweets and fatty foods for holiday gifts.
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Get Good Grub
There are lots of ways to enjoy good foods. Here's one example!
Stay That Way
Once you're started, don't stop!
Once you've found some great options to try for hearty meals, stick to it! You'll probably notice a difference in how your body feels within just 1-2 weeks. Look for organic options, lots of organic fruit and vegetables, and plenty of water. Once you start a better lifestyle and get into new habits, it's fun to see what things spiral from it.
Pretty soon you'll be giving fruit baskets instead of boxes of chocolate, and going for walks instead of hitting the drive-thru!
Why Eat Better? - Stop the Obesity Movement
Here are some ideas to consider
Looking to concoct something delicious tonight for dinner? Don't fret, there are plenty of meal ideas out there that are just waiting to be found. Here are some scrumptious ideas:
- Wrapped Shrimp with Arugula Salad
- Quinoa and Black Bean Salad (Chicken Optional)
- Baked Honey Mustard Chicken
- Pesto Chicken Florentine
- Spinach and Feta Pita Bake
- Turkey Veggie Meatloaf
- Baked Halibut
- Asparagus, Penne and Chicken Pasta
- Grilled Cilantro Salmon
- Mushroom Lentil Barley Soup
- Spicy Tuna Cakes
- Baked Lemon Walleye
- Quinoa Egg Bake
- Chicken Fresh Tomato Parmesan
- Spinach-Stuffed Flounder
- Butternut Squash & Tomato Posole
Eat a Good Breakfast
While you're eating the right dinners, you should definitely make an attempt at eating a balanced breakfast as well! Try oatmeal with fruit for an exceptional start to your day.
Let's Find More
There's Still Plenty Other Recipes
Put these in your cookbook for when you are looking to try something new. I'll just list the name of the dish, you can search around Google to find the recipe that you think would be best accepted by your family.
Some other delicious ideas include:
- Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken
- Eggplant Parmesan
- Creamy Green Chile Chicken Soup
- Braised Cauliflower & Squash Penne Pasta
- Baked Chicken and Spinach Flautas
- Hawaiian Turkey Burgers
- Zucchini Latkes
- Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash
- Chicken and Avocado Baked Burritos
- Stuffed Zucchini Boats
- Creamy Broccoli Soup with Almonds
- Bruschetta Stuffed Chicken
The Easy, Delicious Dessert
Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a favorite here in the south. I decided that there had to be a way to make it in bite size form. I came up with this pineapple upside down cupcake recipe and had to share it. It's super easy and with all the fresh fruit, it's a lot healthier than most cupcake recipes.
You could even pass these off in a nice fresh fruit gift basket! Tell the recipient to just enjoy!
Pineapple Upside Down Cupcake Recipe
Let's Get Started
- 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup flour
- 1 1/2teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
- 3/4 cup light or dark brown sugar, tightly packed
- 12 maraschino cherries
- 2 (20-ounce) can pineapple rings
Heat the oven to 350º F. Place the butter and milk for the batter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Warm the mixture, stirring occasionally, until the butter melts, then transfer the mixture to a small bowl to cool.
Meanwhile, prepare the pineapple topping. Melt the butter and mix it with the brown sugar. Spoon about 1 T of the mixture into each cup of a 12-cup gourmet muffin pan.
Place one pineapple ring int the center if each cupcake tin and put one cherry in the center of each pineapple. Slightly press the fruit into the topping mixture to coat it. You'll end up with beautiful cherry topped cupcakes!
See Them Made! - Delicious Family Treats
The Next Steps - Let's Continue
Now finish making the batter. In a medium-size bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, and stir the ingredients with a fork until they're evenly blended. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir until the flour is fully incorporated. Add the milk-butter mixture and stir well to combine the ingredients into a smooth batter.
Pour the batter into the muffin pan, dividing it evenly among all the cups. Bake the cupcakes until they're lightly browned, dry around the edges, and pulling away from the pan a little, about 25 minutes.
Transfer the pan to a rack to cool for 5 minutes. Use a butter knife to carefully loosen each cupcake from the edges and bottom of the pan, then place a cookie sheet over the top. Invert the pan, turning the cupcakes out onto the cookie sheet, then transfer them back to the rack to cool completely. Serve the cupcakes at room temperature.